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Scalar Reveals Electric Toyota GR86 Racer

Electric race cars are becoming established in professional series like Formula E, but Canada's Scalar Performance is focusing on club racing for its new zero-emission racer.

Low maintenance and instant torque are two of the electric car’s best assets — and they also happen to make for a perfect race car!

Last week, performance race shop Scalar introduced the SCR1, am all-electric, NASA-spec club racer built to enable club-level touring car racers to enjoy the reduced maintenance, improved reliability, and direct, predictable, instant-on torque of electric cars in the best possible environment: the race track!

You can check out the company’s official press release, below, then let us know what you think of this all-electric track day toy in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

 

THE SCALAR SCR1, THE FIRST ALL-ELECTRIC AMATEUR TOURING RACE CAR

Image courtesy Scalar.
 

Designed and built by tech entrepreneur, Brian Bourne, and car builder, Joel Fallaise, in collaboration with engineering partners Hypercraft and Ettractive, the SCR1 is the first club racing electric vehicle approved by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) for road racing in their Super Touring Series.

“As an organization, NASA is constantly looking to evolve to provide the best amateur racing in the country. We are very excited to have worked with Scalar Performance to add the first all-electric touring race car to our Super Touring Series ensuring we continue innovating and attracting new drivers to motorsport,” said NASA Chief Operating Officer Jeremy Croiset.

The SCR1 has been engineered for motorsport to provide drivers with the same feeling of a midengine gas powered race car with similar weight distribution, while adding new technologies such as telemetry and driver data. The Hypercraft 800V powertrain provides an exhilarating 345 lb-ft of torque coming from its continuous 245kW (328hp equivalent) all-electric motor capable of a top speed of 165mph and 0-60mph in an estimated 3.9 seconds for the best driving experience. Though impressive, this car has been designed for lap times and not spec sheet numbers.

“Both Joel and myself are amateur racers, so it was natural for us to apply a user-centered design process in building the SCR1. We want a purist driving experience that requires minimal maintenance and allows the team to focus on course setup and driver development.” mentioned Brian Bourne, Scalar Performance co-founder.

The Scalar SCR1 comes equipped with Hypercraft’s industry leading battery management technology, which means the driver gets to enjoy every minute of racing possible out of the 65kWh battery pack, with a racing autonomy of 45 minutes and a recharge time of less than 20 minutes (Level 3 – 150kW). The power makes it to the ground via a Torsen limited slip differential and a bespoke suspension built by Öhlins specially tuned and developed for the SCR1.

Safety remains a top priority in the development of the SCR1, therefore this race car meets and exceeds FIA safety requirements. Industry leading thermal management and runaway prevention, make it one of the safest battery electric vehicles (BEV) ever built. The Lifeline fire suppression system with Novec 1230 integrated through the battery pack, is also another industry first included within the SCR1. An eight-point roll cage has been custom designed and built by VR3 Engineering for increased strength and rapid ingress/egress.

The first edition of the SCR1 will be limited to ten Founder Edition race cars ready to hit the track in summer 2023. For additional information and to become one of the first ten owners visit the website www.scalarperformance.com.

 

Scalar GR86 Electric Race Car

SOURCE | IMAGES: SCALAR, VIA GR86.ORG.

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AUTHOR: 

JO BORRAS (EIC)

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